At approximately 6:38 p.m. Saturday, April 21, the Vail Police department responded to a call placed to the Vail Communications Center that stated a unit in a condominium complex on Garmisch Drive in West Vail had four pressure cooker bombs in it that would be detonated if a ransom was not paid to the caller. The Vail Police Department, Vail Fire Department, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Eagle County Special Operations Unit and Jefferson County Bomb Squad all responded to this call.
The phone call was recorded, tracked and the owner of the phone located. The preliminary investigation revealed that the call was placed fictitiously, and without knowledge or authorization from the owner of the phone. It was quickly determined that there was no threat to the public.
Garmisch Drive was closed from approximately 6:40 until about 9:30 p.m. while the incident was being investigated. Public Safety alerts were sent advising of voluntary evacuations on all of Garmisch Drive and mandatory evacuations of the affected condominium complex.